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WASHINGTON (AFP) - A 38-year-old US man may have been infected with Zika virus through the tears or sweat of his dying father, researchers said, in what would be the first documented case of such transmission if confirmed. The man in the western state of Utah became ill after helping to take care of his 73-year-old father, who was hospitalised in June with Zika after being infected during a trip to his native Mexico. The known transmission methods - being bitten by an infected mosquito, or sex with an infected person - were ruled out for the son, according to a case study published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine. He had wiped his father's eyes and helped a nurse reposition him in bed without using gloves, the journal said. He never came into contact with his father's blood or other body fluids. Tests had found an unusually high concentration of Zika virus...

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